Sunday, November 29, 2009

Polar Opposites Don't Push Away

I condemn the Ampatuan Massacre.

It's the work of barbaric monsters. Something like this should not go unpunished, and should not be forgotten. This shouldn't be handled with kid-gloves just because the main suspects of the crime are allies of the president.

It's sickening that this was done, and for such a shallow reason as the illusion of "power". I condemn the Ampatuan Massacre and I condemn all political war clans who hold such abusive power.

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I support the Reproductive Health Bill.

Because it can prevent this:

Official estimates put annual abortions at 400,000 to 500,000, and rising. The World Health Organization estimate puts the figure at nearly 800,000, one of the highest rates of unsafe abortions in Asia.

Seventy percent of unwanted pregnancies in the Philippines end in abortion said Jean-Marc Olivé, the country representative of the World Health Organization. One of four pregnancies in the Philippines end in abortion, according to Pro-Life Philippines, an anti-abortion group.

According to the Department of Health, nearly 100,000 women who have unsafe abortions every year end up in the hospital.

The Philippines, with its high population growth rate (2.6 percent) and low rate of contraceptive use (an estimated 35 percent) also has an increasing number of teenage pregnancies. As many as 17 percent of all unsafe abortions are done on teenage or young mothers, according to the Department of Health.

Compounding the problem is the fact that 36 percent of Filipino women become pregnant before marriage and 45 percent of all pregnancies are either unwanted or ill-timed, according to the World Health Organization.

The source of that quote is the article Philippines abortion crisis from The New York Times, an article that was written 4 years ago but is sadly still valid today (and whose figures are likely with even worse now.)

The RH Bill will help prevent unwanted pregnancies and all the troubles that are attached to it. It will help couples plan their family's future, and help them attain these plans by making the means more accessible. It will help educate people on how to act responsibly when it comes to their reproductive and sexual health.

Because that's what education does, and that's what this bill brings. What it doesn't bring is narrow-mindedness on issues and ills that are actually affecting hundreds of thousands of Filipino women and men.


I support the Reproductive Health Bill and I will support the politicians who bravely take a stand for it, even if it means they stand against the political blackmail that the Philippine Catholic church is sending out.

9 complaints:

geebee said...

I am against abortion, of course, but I'm still undecided about my stand on artificial methods of family planning. I haven't read the entire RH bill, though, if it covers both natural and artificial methods on equal grounds.

alvin, kid repetitive said...

Here you go Geebs:

http://opinion.inquirer.net/inquireropinion/talkofthetown/view/20080803-152296/Reproductive-health-bill-Facts-fallacies

"The bill does not have any bias for or against either natural or modern family planning. Both modes are contraceptive methods. Their common purpose is to prevent unwanted pregnancies."

I have nothing against modern ("artificial") methods of family planning. In fact, I'm all for it because it is a lot more effective. God knows those sexually super-active married couples with 5 kids and counting need it.

geebee said...

In general, I'm all for education. So if RH bill aims to educate people, then I have no issues with it. As long as it doesn't mandate people to use a specific type of method.

Btw, abstinence is still the most effective method and it's natural. (Unless, you think it unnatural to abstain from it? Hahahaha.)

abumelt said...

It is an insanity that the RH bill is being opposed by many. It doesn't promote sex, it just aims to prevent, like you said, unwanted pregnancies.

While Geebee is not wrong in saying that abstinence is still the most effective method. It cannot be denied that it is a method not used by many. Contraception is the next best effective method.

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The Ampatuans are just plain sick.

alvin, kid repetitive said...

actually, I disagree that abstinence is the most effective method. In theory it is, but in practice? Yeah, people are more prone to practices sex than abstinence. It can't be deemed effective if it can't be implemented properly. Educating people about their options, on the other hand? It sure can. :)

geebee said...

It can't be deemed effective if it can't be implemented properly.

>> I just think it sounds funny to refer to abstinence as something that can be implemented. Haha. Like it's some sort of change that will be implemented in production. :P

Seriously, I can't agree more that people should be informed of what their options are. What the Church would say is some form of guidance for the choices that people make. In the end, everyone has his own free will to decide.

(But then my statement assumes that people subscribe to the Church in the first place and do believe that we were given our free will. =D)

alvin, kid repetitive said...

geebs, IT people tayo, so we use the words implement, migrate, move to prod, cut-over instead of the much simpler "do". hahaha.

geebee said...

Alvin, sabi ko nga. :P So ano to, PM ka na ng family planning ngayon? ^_^

alvin, kid repetitive said...

Geebee, one more thing about abstinence and the RH Bill. While abstinence is GREAT for teenagers / single people who do not want to have children yet, the RH Bill really isn't a law that's limited to just addressing teenagers' sexual activities. What about the adult couples who only want to have say, 2 children? So pag naka-dalawang anak na sila, hindi na sila pwedeng mag-sex forever, for the rest of their lives, kasi baka mabuntis sila? Obviously, abstinence cannot be preached to married couples. Sex is an expression of love remember, and as per the church, they've gained the right to do that by undergoing the sacrament of marriage.

I know it's been a month since the comments here died down, but I just had to get that one out of my chest. :p